Your Las Vegas Festival Survival Guide

Las Vegas festivals are making a comeback, including Life is Beautiful, EDC, iHeartRadio Music Festival, and Punk Rock Bowling all taking place this fall.

Although we all know that festivals are typically fun outings, they can feel overwhelming if you don’t come fully prepared.

No matter if you’re a festival pro or it’s your first time, let’s review some helpful tips on how to stay safe and organized!

Before You Go…

Make sure you and anyone else going with you have everything they need before leaving, including IDs and tickets. While you can sometimes show your ticket through your phone, it’s also a good idea to have a printed copy as a backup just in case.

Don’t Bring Something You’re Not Supposed To

The last thing you want is to be turned away or kicked out of a festival for bringing something you’re not supposed to. Festivals typically have a list of prohibited items listed on their websites, including large bags, illegal substances, and weapons.

While recreational cannabis is legal in Nevada, public consumption is technically illegal and may get you kicked out of a festival.

Shoreline Mafia performs during the 2019 Life is Beautiful Music Festival held in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada on September 22, 2019. Photo Credit: Alive Coverage/Sipa USA

Get There Early

Lines are long and busy traffic throughout the day for most festivals! Get there as early as possible to avoid missing any of your favorite artists. If possible, it’s best to find a rideshare or shuttle service to take you to a festival to avoid spending an excessive amount of time finding parking.

Guests at EDC Las Vegas in 2019. Photo Credit: Insomniac/Courtesy

Dress for the Weather

Whether you’ve been planning your festival outfit for months or you’re just going to figure it out the day before, it’s important to look ahead at the weather and dress appropriately.

Las Vegas temps are usually pretty mild from late fall through spring but can be as high as 115 and as low as 90 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the summer and early fall. It’s best to avoid heavy, warm clothing during these months!

Las Vegas typically has bright sunny skies throughout the summer too, so it’s highly recommended to wear sunscreen on any exposed skin.

Wear Comfy Shoes

You’re going to do A LOT of walking at festivals. Make sure to wear shoes that you can comfortably walk in that won’t hurt your feet.

Have Designated Meetup Spots and Times

Phone service can sometimes be spotty at music festivals, and to make things even more complicated, it can be difficult trying to talk to someone on the phone due to loud noise levels.

Having a set meetup spot as well as designated meeting times can help keep your friends together and make sure nobody misses an artist they want to see.

Download the Festival App

Most festivals and organizers including Life is Beautiful and Insomniac (EDC organizer) have their own event apps that can help keep you in the loop with daily set times, stage locations, and other festival alerts.

Downloading an official event app can make your festival experience a lot easier by having a concise location to find event information instead of having to do scroll through Google.

Stay Hydrated

Las Vegas is located in a desert, so it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Luckily most festivals allow you to bring your own water bottles or hydration packs, and have filling stations!

Remember COVID-19 Restrictions

Yes, Las Vegas is slowly returning back to “normal” following the pandemic last year, but COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect in varying degrees.

Some festivals are requiring their guests to adhere to mask and vaccine requirements, and/or provide a negative COVID-19 test before entering a festival.

If you want to avoid any problems, we recommend checking ahead of time at COVID-19 guidelines on the official website for whatever festival you plan on attending.

You can read more about local COVID-19 safety and mitigation guidelines on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website.

And Most Importantly…

Have Fun! Although navigating through a festival can feel stressful at times, make sure to take it easy and make the best out of your experience.

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